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Feng Shui Color: Orange

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In this season of Halloween and autumn leaves, shades of orange come to mind.

In Feng Shui, Orange is a color that represents the Earth element. Depending on the specific Feng Shui reading, Earth can be used to help promote harmonious relationships, or avoid possible accidents. If you have had a Feng Shui consultation with me, you know exactly where you need to add Earth in your space and how it will benefit you.

 Along with orange, other colors that represent the Earth element are yellow, tan and brown. So if you really want to create a powerful “earth” room, add more than one earth color.

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In this little boy’s room, I mixed shades of orange and yellow. Based on his birthday, he is an Earth element, so the colors in this room support sound sleep and good health.

According to the 5-element cycle of Feng Shui, Earth element has a productive relationship with the element Metal. Metal colors are white, gray, silver or gold. For this reason, I especially like mixing orange with white or gray.

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In this Hamptons bedroom, there was not enough space for night stands on either side of the bed. So I built a custom headboard with built in lighting and painted it orange.

The walls are pale yellow. The bedding is kept white. And the bed sits on top of an orange, brown and white Jonathan Adler rug. So here you have Earth and Metal working harmoniously together. This room supports good relationships.

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Orange is a timeless, classic color that also has a lot of energy and freshness. There are not many colors you can say that about.

For some fun ways to incorporate orange into your space:

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This wallpaper from Sanderson has a fantastic mix of pale orange and gray in a retro floral pattern.

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This bold graphic design from Flavor Paper has strong orange on a dark chocolate background.

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A few fun pillows make a big impact. These are from LampsPlus.com.

For a chic pop of orange, you can always add an orange throw – I prefer Hermes!

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1 Linda K { 10.31.11 at 7:57 pm }

Hi Reiko, Thank you for the nice article. I love orange! It adds vibrance and cheer to a room any time of year! I value your Feng Shui and decorating talents in helping me 2 years ago with transforming my son’s room from a cool baby room (which he refused to sleep in) to a happy “big boy” room (which he loves to spend time and sleep in)!  Your recommendation to use Earth tones/colors (based on his birthday and Feng Shui of that room) were fabulous!  (What’s more amazing is that you didn’t even know orange and brown were his favorite colors at the time!)  Your suggestion to use “sunsets/sunrises” as a theme was inspirational!  The room now has a wonderful warmth, energy, and life that it lacked before.  (Attached are “before” and “after” photos of the transformation.)

2 Linda K { 10.31.11 at 8:00 pm }

I’m not sure if my pictures posted (I didn’t see them so trying again) …

3 Reiko { 10.31.11 at 8:10 pm }

Linda these pictures look great! I love how you took my feng shui design recommendations and incorporated them into your own beautiful design.  This shows what a long distance feng shui design consultation can do. I hope to finally meet you soon!

4 Linda K { 11.01.11 at 3:54 pm }

Hi Reiko, I’d love to have you come design a room in our house one day. I wish you were closer! Let me know if you are ever in the area.

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